In the next 24 months, China’s Digital Silk Road (DSR) strategy is expected to considerably increase its hold on partner nations and exercise digital dominance over them, while also fostering the growth of digital manipulation and escalating Sino-Western conflict.
China’s Digital Silk Road (DSR) is a comprehensive strategy aimed at expanding China’s influence globally by controlling data storage and transmission. While it has received less attention than the Belt and Road Initiative, the DSR has the potential to reshape international data and privacy norms. Over the next 24 months, China is likely to significantly increase its influence and exert digital domination over DSR partner countries through this strategy. The technology developed as part of the DSR will also contribute to the spread of digital manipulation in the next two years. Additionally, the DSR will intensify competition between China and the West worldwide.